Wilson Strikes Gold in Uganda

Fresh from her success in Dubai Mary Wilson was back on the plane to Uganda’s second Para-Badminton International held from 24-29 April. Playing in all three events Mary was hoping to build on her performances from a few weeks previous.

In the singles event Mary was seeded second and eased through her group to book her spot in the semi-finals against Kenya’s Asha Kipwene Munene, which she won in straight sets 21-7, 21-7.

The final proved her toughest game, but she came out on top with a score of 21-14, 21-6 against Uganda’s Khadija Khamuka to pick up the first of her three gold medals of this championships.

The doubles contest was decided in the pool stages with five couples competing in this class. Mary and SL3 partner Elizabeth Mwesigwa from Uganda outshined their opponents, winning the gold medal in their final match 21-19, 21-5 against Khadija Khamuka and Rose Nansereko from Uganda.

Her third and final gold medal was won with France’s Guillame Gaily in the SL3- SU5 mixed doubles.

They breezed past their opponents, coming out on top of their group to book a spot in the quarter-finals against Cameroon’s Isidore Kamgue and Cristance Moffouo.

A 21-8, 21-10 win sent them through to the semi-finals where they came out on top once again over India’s Indrajit Pal and Uganda’s Lillian Namarome, winning the match 21-9, 21-16.

In the final, a 21-10 21-12 win over Rafio Bello and Chinyere Okoro of Nigeria secured the gold medal.

Sitting sixth in the world, Mary is in great form at the moment which has to give her hope for the qualification period starting next year for the 2020 Paralympics where Para-Badminton will make its debut.

Report courtesy of Kaity Hall

Image courtesy of Alan Spink